When editing I tend to find myself facing several issues with a novel I've been intimate with four years now. For the following reasons...
- I'm too close to the novel. I know every intimate detail of what it's supposed to sound like and all the background for the characters motivations. This keeps me from seeing it objectively.
- When I read the novel from the beginning I know what I want it to sound like. The flow and voice is my own creation therefore I fall into rhythum with it.
- I'm emotionally invested in this particular novel. It was my first.
- I read it from the last chapter on. So in other words backwards. While I know what's going on I still am able to not get caught up with the flow because now I'm swimming upstream.
- Read it out loud. With the combination of starting from the end and reading out loud I am able to better see any discrepancies in flow and grammar. (well the grammar part I ain't great at.)
- Finally there's an editor for that. You have a content and line editor that goes through with new eyes and helps correct the mistakes you can't see.